Kevin Millwood is helping to close down Veterans Stadium in style. The Phillies ace used just over 100 pitches to no-hit the San Francisco Giants, who came into the game with the best record in the National League. Millwood issued three walks and didn't allow a runner past first base in the outing. The Phillies needed the strong performance because the offense managed just one run to beat the Giants 1-0 and take two out of the three games from the Giants.

Earlier in the week, Larry Bowa pushed rookie Brett Myers back a day in the rotation so Kevin Millwood could pitch the series finale against the defending National League Champion San Francisco Giants. You'd have to say that worked out pretty well. Myers and Millwood both won their starts earlier in the week and wound up the week with Millwood's no-hitter.

Millwood walked three, including two to Ray Durham who came into the game with a seven-game hitting streak. Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 against Millwood and just 1-for-12 in the series.

Jesse Foppert (0-2) pitched well, giving up one earned run in five innings of work for the Giants. Foppert was the third rookie pitcher that the Giants threw in the series against the Phillies.

All of the Phillies offense came in the first inning when Ricky Ledee hit his third homerun of the season in the first inning. The Phillies had a couple of other minor threats, including one in the ninth inning when Jimmy Rollins led off with a triple to centerfield, but was stranded at thirdbase. The Phillies had just four hits - two of them from Ledee - and stranded twelve men on base.

Ironically, the last three pitchers to throw no-hitters against the Giants have been named Kevin. Kevin Brown and Kevin Gross were the other two. Tommy Greene was the last Phillies pitcher to throw a no-hitter, that one coming in Montreal on May 23, 1991. Nine months earlier, on August 15, 1990, Terry Mulholland threw the last no-hitter at Veterans Stadium, also against the Giants.

With the Phillies and Braves both winning Sunday and the Montreal Expos losing to Houston, the three teams are all tied at the top of the NL East. The Phillies start a west coast trip with four games in Los Angeles starting Monday night. Brett Myers (1-2, 2.88) will face Darren Dreifort (1-2, 4.13) in the opener.

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